At Wilcox Fertility, we know taking that first step to learn more about your reproductive health, grow your family and/or preserve your fertility can be intimidating. We want to do all we can to educate and empower you on all of your options whatever your goals are. Below is a high-level overview of a first fertility consultation, but ultimately, to offer the best insight for you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment so we may best advise you on your particular medical history.
At Wilcox Fertility, every fertility consultation will be an in-depth review of your fertility history, any previous treatment(s) and your goals.
For female patients, an assessment will include:
- A physical exam that will evaluate your uterus and ovaries via transvaginal ultrasound. This will provide an antral follicle count which is the number of follicles on each ovary. Follicle counts correlate with the number of eggs.
Though not part of the first fertility consultation, but once you begin treatment, a first step is blood work which will evaluate your hormones. This includes where you are in your cycle, your FSH (note FSH and estradiol must be checked early in cycle, day 2 or 3 of your menstrual cycle), estradiol and AMH (anti-mullerian hormone).
For men, an assessment may include:
- A sperm analysis is generally recommended. A sperm analysis will evaluate volume, count, motility (how well the sperm are swimming) and morphology (shape of the sperm).
- Blood work
Questions You May Want to Ask at the Fertility Consultation:
Many may be anxious about a consultation. With Wilcox Fertility, you sincerely don’t need to be. This is an opportunity to learn more, get answers to your questions and develop a plan. Some questions you may want to ask Dr. Wilcox are:
- Why do you think we haven’t conceived yet?
- How long should we try before considering fertility treatment?
- What testing do you recommend we do to provide insight into our fertility health?
- Are there any lifestyle changes we should make or avoid?
- How long will it take to have a diagnosis and treatment plan?
- Which treatment do you recommend we start with first?
- What are my chances of conceiving given my age, diagnosis and fertility history in general?
- What’s the success rate overall, measured by “live births,” for each type of treatment?
- Are you supportive of mind/body approaches in addition to treatment?
- How easy will it be for me to access you or your team while going through treatment?
- What is the best way to communicate with you and the Wilcox Fertility clinical team?
- Is there anything I can provide you with as a patient to help make this a positive relationship?
For more information on the numerous fertility treatments and family building options offered at Wilcox Fertility, please continue to review other areas of our site or to learn more about our financial information, please don’t hesitate to contact us via our online form or call us at 626.657.9327.